Author's details

Name: David O'Carroll
Date registered: July 18, 2011


David started beekeeping in 2011 having first attended the beekeeping course organised by Swansea & District Beekeepers Association. He is very keen to encourage beekeeping in the Gower Peninsular and to encourage cooperation between Beekeepers in marketing their honey.

Latest posts

  1. 2016 Bad year for bees – again — September 7, 2016
  2. Beekeeping at St.Madocs — December 11, 2015
  3. WINDY WEATHER BLOWS HONEY HARVEST ‘Wrong weather’ and ‘queen issues’ affect this year’s honey crop — November 10, 2015
  4. Empty Honey Jars — October 11, 2015
  5. BEE FORUM — October 30, 2014

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Sep 07

2016 Bad year for bees – again


At times I was quite hopeful that the bees would do well but the omens were bad from the start. Having split two hives at St.Madocs the new Queens failed to mate properly and we are back to three hives. On the bright side two empty hives at home were colonised and I placed one …

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Dec 11

Beekeeping at St.Madocs

Just rediscovered the YouTube interview I did in 2014! St.Madocs

Nov 10

WINDY WEATHER BLOWS HONEY HARVEST ‘Wrong weather’ and ‘queen issues’ affect this year’s honey crop

  Britain’s beekeepers have reported an average yield of 21lbs of honey per colony this year, a substantial 34 per cent drop on last year’s 32lbs per colony. These findings are reported  in the British Beekeepers Association’s Annual Honey Survey. The survey was commissioned by Burt’s Bees, sponsor of the BBKA’s ‘Adopt a Beehive’ scheme …

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Oct 11

Empty Honey Jars


It has to be said – last summer was not to the liking of our honey bees. As soon as we had a warm snap the bees were off looking for a new home. We moved the apiary at Landimore to the top of the field rather late in the season and the bees voted …

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Oct 30


As Rural Swansea Action closes its doors, the Bee Forum had its last meeting chaired by Eironwy. The RSA have helped create a number of similar groups which have proven their worth in providing mutual support for their members. Groups that now run as independent organisations meeting regularly to exchange information, ideas and new markets …

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Oct 09


We will be taking a delivery of Ambrosia Syrup in 12.5kg plastic cans in the next week. These will cost £15 to coop members. Collection only from Woodbine Cottage, Landimore. e-mail to reserve your order. Ring 390043 to check someone at home before you travel. Membership of the coop is still free.

Sep 02

Bee proof jars

Knitted bees protecting the honey jar.

Knitted bees on Coop jars

Aug 07

Gower Show 2014

Another great show at the weekend. The Honey Tent was a great attraction especially the SDBKA Bee Experience. It was great to see the excitement a visit to a real hive in a beekeeper’s suit gave to the many children who paid a visit. And they all got a certificate to show their teacher what …

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Jul 22

Busy bee

The colonies at Sant Madoc are thriving. We now have 4 hives in the apiary and there may even be some honey for us. I was interviewed for the Centre’s blog On Monday got home to have a message to go down to National Trust cottage at Whiteford. Got there to find bees buzzing …

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Apr 10

Beeswax Foundation

The Co-op is planning a group purchase of beeswax foundation for BS frames (both deep and shallow). If you are interested in buying some foundation please contact or complete the order form. We should be able to achieve a discount of 15-25% and make a saving on delivery costs.

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